It looks like there are a lot more going on behind iOS 7 than what we’ve seen so far, on top of the new changes and features introduced to us by Apple at WWDC 2013, some hidden settings within the operating system has been discovered, revealing some pretty interesting stuffs. The menu was discovered by Hamza Stood, we’re not quite sure how he pulled out a Spring Board (it’s nowhere to be found on my iOS 7 Beta version), and by drilling in to it, he found out several things like additional gesture controls, multitasking, and folder options.
First up, Hamza Stood revealed a nested folders option – the ability to have a folder within a folder. In his video demonstration, he showed how he could put a new folder within a folder though, he made no mention on how many levels that would work on. The settings menu also revealed that you can pinch to close a folder. We’re not quite sure how useful nested folders can be since we can now create multiple pages in a folder, but who knows, in case you ever want a Utilities 2 folder within your Utilities 1, it looks like you might be able to do so.
Hamza Stood also revealed some new system-wide edge-swipe and corner-swipe gestures for iOS 7. Similar to edge swipe that is present in the current iOS 7 for Messages, Settings and several default apps, the new gesture control is said to be expanded to being used for quick-app-switching.
Other features discovered includes the ability to tweak effects, coloring and animation speeds that doesn’t seem like something that would make sense to be revealed to end users. As pointed out by 9to5Mac, it should only be a control for internal usage only.
Visit the source links to find out more or watch the video below for the demonstrations.
It’s been about a week since I’ve installed iOS 7 Beta 1 on my iPhone 4S and my verdict? Don’t install it, it’s far from ready and I’ve already lost count on how many times it crashed on me, not to mention, the number of apps that are not supported on the latest mobile operating system from Apple. If you’re curious on how iOS 7 is and how it looks in real life, Recombu has recently released an Interactive iOS 7 Demo to the public, allowing you to test out the new OS without installing it on any devices.
Visit their page now and start playing with the simulator but before you proceed, do note that it may be a bit buggy. Things are not working quite as well over at my side; I can’t seem to slide around the screen using my mouse but do give it a try. The simulator gives you an overall feel of the latest OS. You can click into the apps to check out the new designs – Calendar, App Store, Safari and such – and how things work within the apps. Have fun.
You’ve seen iOS 7 on an iPhone 5, the latest mobile operating system from Apple was demonstrated on stage during WWDC 2013 using an iPhone 5, we showed you a video on an iPhone 5, but just how will iOS 7 look like on the larger devices? The beta iOS 7 for iPad has not been released yet but German site, Apfelpage, has taken screenshots of iOS 7 for iPad using a simulator feature on Apple’s XCode developer forum.
Everything in the interface down to the new features are pretty consistent on the big and small screen – the new simple and flat design, new icons, translucent effect, a redesigned Notification Center and even the Control Center are the same as what we’ve seen so far. The notification menu on the iPad will occupy the entire display instead of only a tiny space like on iOS 6.
Some of the changes noted by 9to5Mac include some slight changes to Maps, Contacts, Spotlight search, and Settings interfaces. Hopefully, this indicates that Beta 2 of iOS 7 will be available soon, providing more promising changes and of course, better stability.
Visit our source links for more information or hit the break for just a couple more.
CPUID’s CPU-Z, the handy and lightweight hardware identification tool for Windows, is now available on Android. The app, which is still in beta mode, can now be downloaded for just about any Android device running Android 3.0 and above.
Just like the desktop app, CPU-Z for Android provides a wealth of information about every aspect of your device’s hardware, from real-time clock speeds of the processor core(s), kernel version, total and available storage, battery, to even real-time readings of every sensor on the device.
The CPU-Z app for Android by CPUID is available for download for free at the Google Play Store via this link.
When Apple introduced the iOS 7 at WWDC 2013, it also announced that it has, for the first time ever, has added support for MFi game controllers to its SDK. This means that developers can easily write gaming apps for the platform using physical hardware keys. The company gave a brief explanation during the developer’s conference and it looks like the final product might not be too far away.
According to an image obtained by Kotaku, it looks like Logitech has already started on working on an iPhone 5-compatibal gamepad with its G branding. The picture features a device with an iPhone-shaped hole right in the middle of the 4-button gamepad. It also has a Lightning adapter sticking out of the right side of the adapter.
Logitech will not be the only manufacturer of these third-party gaming consoles for iOS 7 devices, according to Kotaku, there will be a whole load more and hopefully, they will make a grand debut along with the public availability of iOS 7.
At WWDC 2013, amongst other things, Apple showed off their next iteration of the iOS mobile OS, iOS 7. There has been a whole lot of discussion on the topic both for and against it. At Lowyat.NET HQ, we are pretty excited about the complete overhaul of an OS that has been ageing quite ungraciously. We decided it would be cool to put iOS 7 on our devices and give it a go for ourselves while recording a video for you.
In the video we go through most of the features of the new OS and give a sort of Hands On with the developers copy of the OS.
Now a disclaimer, the copy of iOS 7 we have is a beta version and is definitely not stable. The experience is definitely not representative of what it should be in the end.
If you have any questions about iOS 7 and want us to test something out for you, go ahead and Tweet us @LowyatNET or leave a comment in the post or on Facebook and we’ll do another video once we get enough responses!
Sure, iOS 7 looks awesome, it has a very beautiful new design plus a whole load of new features that you’ve been wishing for but as always, not all your current iOS devices will be able to enjoy the entire update. As expected, the iPhone 4 (the oldest device that supports iOS 7), will receive the least features and as for the iPad, it looks like iPad 2 will only get one update that is pretty irrelevant to us – iTunes Radio.
Below is the full list of who will be getting what, we’ve gotten our hands on a beta version and it’s completely understandable why Camera Filters can not be applied on older devices; it simply takes up too much processing power.
Of course, the rest of the changes will be applicable for everything listed like a new design, the new Notification and Control Center, Typography design, transparent background and such.
At the launch of the Nokia Asha 501 yesterday, we managed to get a hold of Steve Chan, Product Marketing Manager at Nokia Malaysia, to give us a quick insight into the new Asha platform powering the Asha 501. Among others, the new Fastlane home screen is explained, as well as the new UI features that is found on Nokia’s latest Asha smartphone.
Find out more about the new Nokia Asha 501 announcement here.
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